Voices of Reason - Michael De Dora: Theocracy Without Borders
Theocracy Without Borders: Connecting Domestic and International Sectarianism
The American public is all too familiar with lawmakers and organized religious groups across the country seeking to base public policy in our pluralistic democracy on sectarian religious ideas. Yet the public is not nearly as familiar with how these domestic efforts provide the inspiration for similar efforts abroad. And the public all too often does not recognize how the reasoning used to base American laws on religion is similar, if not identical, to the reasoning employed by religious governments to restrict basic freedom of religion, belief, and expression, and women's rights.
In this talk, Michael De Dora, director of public policy at the Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy, will draw on his experience advocating on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations and connect the dots between sectarian religious efforts domestic and abroad -- as well as present ways concerned citizens in the U.S. can work to protect and advance secular government and values around the world.
Free and open to the public (Registration Required)
Michael De Dora is director of the Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy and the organization's representative to the United Nations. In addition, he serves as president of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
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The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email sdavis [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net in advance of the event.